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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 4, 2011 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 30 Years Ago Today!


30 years ago today and my friend john, Howie and I found ourselves in the front row - We had arrived the day before, in search of a place called the Manor Down's Horse Farm, still early in the morning having made the drive from Houston and the tour opening show on the 2nd. Nothing great there just a band getting itself together and everyone knew that the 4th was the show to see. We had driven out from New Jersey about a days worth, and we had graduated East Brusnwick high school about a week before! We took John's Jeep, the little bit of cash we had and never looked back. The drive was long and tedious, hot and at one point john took to pouring beer over his beer-barrel chest to keep cool. He probally drank a dozen beers as he navigated Route 81 into the deep south heading for 40 and The Big Easy.

The Temperature was high 90's all week and the sun high and hot and brilliant. We found the horse farm early in the day before the gig and bought three tickets from an old man who worked there. Just kinda walked up and spoke to him about the show and yes, he really liked that Willie Nelson fellow who was playing there too and sure he had a few tickets in his desk and we paid like 7 bucks cash each and walked out into the bright sunshine happy to be lucky to be happy. The gig was outdoor - no shade no relief - in a horse farm field and smelled of manure, beef and ribs and corn and pie cooked slowly and served by longtime Texas folk who really didn't understand much of what the deadheads were doing - but knew how to throw a party anyhow!!!

The show started late afternoon into a sunset and was both quick and short - The T For Texas in Jack Straw was almost too easy to call and the band seemed as happy as the crowd. Me & My Uncle>Big River expected as well. The heat had them bolting early and you can see it in the short second set - though well played - The band made up for it the next night - the show in Oaklahoma City was one of the longest of the year.

Peggy-O and a rare first set China>Rider are well played. Feel Like A Stranger>Birdsong is the highlight of the show, and a jammed out Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia ending make this a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip to an above-average show - not quite top-ten of the year, but solid and the CM SBD is clear and well-balanced.

A nice afternoon of 1981 Grateful Dead when I was 18 and very far from home, driving across roads into towns following a band I was just beginning to comprehend...

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Poster: utopian Date: Jul 4, 2011 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 30 Years Ago Today!

Love this show

The NFA is stellar

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Poster: Reade Date: Jul 4, 2011 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 30 Years Ago Today!

Jack Straw performed in Texas on the Fourth of July. Sweet. And as if for good measure, the sun was hot and the clouds were low.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 4, 2011 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 30 Years Ago Today!

And he blows the, 'Leaving Texas, Fourth day of July' line. That's are Bobby. Very rare B/S placement. Good show.

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